Tech Companies Want Change to Privacy Law

A broad coalition of companies including Google, Microsoft, and AT&T, joined by liberal and conservative advocacy groups, will announce a major push to update federal privacy laws to protect mobile and cloud computing users, CNET has learned. They hope to convince the U.S. Congress to update a 1986 law -- written in the pre-Internet era of telephone modems and the black-and-white Macintosh Plus -- to sweep in location privacy and documents stored on the Web through services like Google Docs, Flickr, and Picasa.